August 4, 2021



Ah, the dog days of summer!  While many people love soaking in the summber sun, our haircolor often suffers during this season. No matter, whether you prefer boldly colored hair or natural shades, or whether you like your hair long or cropped, the summer sun doesn’t discriminate in its havoc.  Sunlight lightens hair color, strips it from nutrients and oil leaves unprotected hair dry and damaged. It can create a certain unpredictability with stylists’ plans and clients hair dreams.  For example, even though natural hair can glean some faint highlights from the sun, colored hair can turn brassy and lose its sheen.

Opting for colored hair during the summertime doesn’t mean you’re doomed to that fate, though. You just need to be willing to do some easy maintenance to preserve it.

  1. Protect your hair from the sun’s glare.

While most people know that protecting our skin from the sun’s UV rays is important, remember that it’s equally imperative to protect your hair color investment. Exposure to the sunlight can quite drastically strip color and even cause structural impairment to the hair’s shaft. Similarly to skin care: just block the sun! Wear a hat!  A wide-rimmed chic hat is perfect for a nice day out and a cute baseball cap is great for active days. Look for shampoos and conditioners with UV protection and invest in a leave in protectant that will help shield color from the sun’s glare.  Our choice for shampoo: Kadus Color Radiance. It’s what we use in the student salon after a hair color service and it will prolong your color at home and protect it from the damaging UV rays!

  1. Don’t shampoo every day!

It seems like a daily shampoo will keep hair clean and shiny but it can actually do the opposite! Not only is it unnecessary, but it can strip the natural oil that your hair needs to stay moisturized, leaving your hair dull and brassy.

If you can go three days between shampoos, it will help regain that natural moisture, and keep your color bright. If you feel like you need a daily shampoo, try to skip every other day and use only a small amount of good sulfate-free conditioner instead of shampoo. Unless you’ve exposed yourself to excessive dirt & pollution, chances are there isn’t enough buildup to need daily shampooing.

  1. Use Sulfate-Free Products

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a foaming agent. It’s often used in dish detergents, laundry detergents, and car washes; unfortunately it is also found in many daily body care, hair care and dental care products. Consider that chemical surfactants have been around for less than one hundred years but soaps and remedies have been around for thousands of years. T

Additionally, inexpensive shampoos have a greater concentration of  sulfates and cheap detergent that  strip the color, moisture, oil, and nutrients  (a shampoo doesn’t know whether its ingredients are attacking dirt or your expensive hair color!) Invest instead in color-safe, sulfate-free haircare products. Remember that you spent a lot of money (not to mention time in the salon!) on coloring, styling, and treating your hair. Don’t ruin your investment by pinching on maintenance. If you want longevity in your color and shiny hair, be prepared to upgrade your haircare products. The price may be a higher than you’re used to, but the quality of the contents of the bottle are too! We promise you’ll notice the difference

Ultimately, we know you’ll feel like a million bucks after a visit to our student salon. If you do your part in everyday haircare afterward, you can maintain that feeling and your beautiful new color! It’s a small adjustment with big payoffs! Enjoy the rest of your summer!


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